Ignite Potential. Become a Big Today!
We’re always looking for people eager to positively impact a child and improve their community at the same time. And, right now is the perfect time. Bigs are in high demand. So, call now and Start Something today!
For a couple of hours a week, you can give a Little the invaluable gift of your friendship. By simply changing his perspective of what the world can offer, you can literally start changing his life. And sometimes it’s as simple as playing video games, going to a museum, or just hanging out together.
There is a BIG need for Big Brothers...Why do we need Big Brothers?
Many of the children on our waiting list are looking for a Big Brother. Research shows that having the positive influence of a Big Brother makes a real difference in a boy's life. So join the hundreds of thousands of volunteers that give a young person someone to look up to, and learn why so many are now saying, “I get back so much more than I give.”
Facts and questions about being a Big Brother?
Who are the Big Brothers in the program?
Our Big Brothers come from diverse backgrounds just like our Littles. They are regular people, just like you. You don’t need any special degrees or job skills. You just have to want to positively impact a young person. Role models come in all shapes and sizes, and you could be a perfect fit!
What are the requirements to be a Big Brother?
To be a Big Brother we just ask that you are 19 years of age, have a valid driver's license and auto insurance and complete our background and screening process. We ask that you commit to seeing your Little once a week for an average of two to four hours and make a minimum commitment of one year towards to your match.
When can I see my Little Brother?
As a Big Brother/Little Brother team, you decide together what you want to do and then your Little gets parent approval. We recommend that you keep a consistent schedule of outings and get together on a regular basis. Until your relationship is established the outings will also depend on the comfort level of your Little’s parents, your Little and you.
How much money should I spend?
The quality of time invested with your Little is more important than the amount of money you spend. That’s why we don’t encourage spending a lot of money on your outings. The goal of the relationship is to help him see the world through a different lens so you can inspire him to become something he never thought possible. If you are going to spend money, we encourage you to seek out low-cost activities, especially in the beginning. Shoot hoops at a local park, play a game together, or share that pizza that you were going to have for lunch anyway. Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies offer donor-supported group activities that are a great way to meet other Bigs and Littles. As a Big Brother, you may also receive notices for free tickets to cultural and sports activities for you both to enjoy.
What are some good ideas for outings with my Little Brother?
Share an activity that gives you something in common to talk about. Buy a comic book to read together. Play a board game. Hit a bucket of golf balls at the local driving range. Take a ride in the car with the radio on and talk about the music you like. You want to select activities that give each of you a chance to learn more about one another. For children, playing can be learning. Most important: keep it simple and enjoy yourselves!
Can I bring my spouse, a friend or family member on outings?
In the beginning it’s important for you and your Little Brother to get to know each other. This can happen best on a one-to-one basis. However, over time it’s also valuable for your Little to get to know the people who are important to you. Just keep in mind that if you’re spending lots of time with others, your Little may begin to feel jealous or neglected. The main focus is the friendship you develop with your Little and the impact you have on his life
What kind of support can I expect from Big Brothers Big Sisters once I get matched?
Once you are matched with your Little Brother, a Case Manager from the agency will be in regular contact with you to provide assistance and give feedback. Any time you are unsure about what to do or how to handle a situation, you will have a Case Manager there to help. They’ll help you with ideas for activities, guidance for handling possible difficult situations, and feedback on how you are making a difference.
Will I become a replacement parent?
No, Littles have a parent or guardian in their life already. What they need is a Big to spend quality, one-on-one time with them. Someone to have fun with, someone they can confide in, someone like you!